South Carolina School District Insists on Keeping Student-Led Invocations at Board Meetings

There doesn’t have to be a lawsuit over this. Money that should be spent on the children can still be spent on the children.

Instead of thinking about them, though, the board members are selfishly putting up a fight about something that has nothing to do with education just so they can show everyone they’re True ChristiansTM. [Read more...]

The Super Bowl Commercial That Mocked Religious Believers

I loved it only in part because of the premise: A man spills salsa on his Jersey to reveal an outline of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. People come from miles around to see the “Miracle Stain“… until the man’s wife (a Baltimore Ravens fan) washes it away with Tide detergent: [Read more...]

President Obama: ‘Nobody Should be Barred’ from the Boy Scouts… but Atheists Still Will Be

In an interview airing at halftime of the Super Bowl, President Obama tells Scott Pelley that he thinks gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts of America:

In general, he says the Scouts are a great group and there’s no reason to deny gay scouts (or troop leaders) access to the opportunities the BSA provides:

It’s the last line that gets me:

The Scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and… exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives, and I think that nobody should be barred from that.

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Catholic School Asks Female Students to Stop Cursing… but Not Male Students

Queen of Peace High School, a Catholic school in New Jersey, just instituted a “no cursing” pledge in an effort to curb foul language used by the students.

But only girls had to take it: [Read more...]

The Less Than 1%: How Uganda’s Atheists Are Fighting Back

In many countries around the world, religious groups are pushing for conservative social policies and retaining their grip on society by dominating the public discourse and provision of social services. In Uganda, an extraordinarily religious country, the small but vocal atheist movement is pushing back — hard.

Although Ugandan law guarantees religious freedom, the reality is more complex. A 2010 Pew survey found that 99% of survey respondents in Uganda identified as religious, with 86% of them identifying as Christian and 13% as Muslim. That leaves 1% of the population to represent minority faiths (including Hinduism, African traditional belief systems, Baha’i, etc) — and the non-religious. It’s worth noting that the religious population in Uganda is also, well, religious, with 86% of respondents indicating that religion is “very important” in their lives, 82% attending religious services weekly, and 71% of Christians and 74% of Muslims stating that their holy books are the literal word of God.

This is no mere Sunday Christianity: it infuses every aspect of people’s lives.

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